Accelerator 2005 Participants

Alex Badham made a short in 2006 called SONGS IN THE KEY OF DEATH.

Ali Kasap’s short film BROKEN ENGLISH was funded by the Australian Film Commission in 2006. His short film LOVE APPLES played in the London Film Festival along with another 30 festivals winning several awards.

Catriona McKenzie directed TV since Accelerator, including THE CIRCUIT, SATISFACTION, MY PLACE and REDFERN NOW and in 2012 completed her first feature film, SATELLITE BOY.

Erin White directed TIMOTHY for Quail/ABC, Peter Helliar’s series IT’S A DATE for Princess Pictures/ABC, and screened Lally Katz’s adaptation of her stage work STORIES I WANT TO TELL YOU IN PERSON for Matchbox/ABC at MIFF 2015. White’s short FOUR won best short at FlickerFest and screened at MIFF and elsewhere. She directed WEDNESDAY NIGHT FEVER for Quail/ABC1 in 2013, and completed the web-series OTHER PEOPLE’S PROBLEMS for ABC iView. In 2018, White directed episodes of SANDO and SQUINTERS Series 2 with Jungle Entertainment for ABC TV, while in 2019 she directed episodes of DOCTOR DOCTOR Series 4 for Easy Tiger and the Nine Network.

Eron Sheean’s 2005 short FISH won the MIFF Emerging Australian Filmmaker Award and screened at Berlinale 2006. His 2007 short WILLIAM screened at Sundance 2007. In 2010, he wrote and co-produced feature THE DIVIDE. In 2011, he completed his directorial debut feature ERRORS OF THE HUMAN BODY that screened at several international festivals, theatrically released in the US (IFC Films) and the UK, Japan, Australia and NZ. Sheean shot Lawrence Johnston’s and MIFF-Premiere Fund supported documentary NEON, and the German component for Tim Slade’s documentary THE DESTRUCTION OF MEMORY. He is based in London.

Helena Brooks recently directed DRUNK HISTORY: AUSTRALIA and was set-up director for drama THE BAD SEED, reviewed as the best NZ noir since TOP OF THE LAKE. Her other screen work includes dramas THE GULF, 800 WORDS, THE BROKENWOOD MYSTERIES and FUNNY GIRLS. Helena’s debut short film as a writer-director, HARRY & PETER IN LOVE, won Best Art Direction at the New York Short Film Festival. Her second short as a writer-director, NOTHING SPECIAL, was nominated for Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival and selected for film festivals around the world. She is based in Sydney.

Justin Kurzel‘s acclaimed feature debut SNOWTOWN was selected for Cannes 2011. He directed a chapter of MIFF Premiere Fund-supported TIM WINTON’S THE TURNING (MIFF 2013) with his sophomore feature helming effort being 2014’s adaptation of MACBETH. starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard, followed by 2016’s ASSASSIN’S CREED (based on the popular video game) and 2019’s Peter Carey novel-adaptation THE TRUE HISTORY OF THE KELLY GANG. In 2021, his Premiere Fund-supported NITRAM, starring Caleb Landry Jones, Judy Davis, Anthony LaPaglia, and Essie Davis, was the first Australian film in over a decade to world premiere in the Cannes Film Festival’s main competition, with the jury naming Jones Best Actor; the film also won Cinefest-WA’s $100k Film Prize and 17 other awards including Australian Academy of Cinema & TV Awards for Best Film, Director, Editing, Original Screenplay, and all four acting categories.

Karen Colston’s short THE STATION was acquired for screening on SBS-TV.

Michael Bennett directed (and co-wrote) his feature debut MATARIKI in 2009. He worked on various TV projects including OUTRAGEOUS FORTUNE and TV movie documentary, THE CONFESSIONS OF PRISONER T for which he was writer, director and producer.

Michael Weisler returned to filmmaking with 2011’s short MISSING HER, which won best script at Tropfest 2011, and worked as a Director with Melbourne’s Annix Films.

Paulo Alberton worked on 2008 documentary MY FATHER, MY MASTER as well as authoring interactive DVD ABORIGINAL RULES, which was produced by Wirlpiri Media and aired on ABC. He also coordinated post-production for a TV series at the Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association and worked as technical director on Jane Oehr’s feature documentary TEA WITH MADAME CLOS.

Reina Webster worked on the TV series OUTRAGEOUS FORTUNE.

Tony Krawitz completed the feature length documentary THE TALL MAN and in 2012 directed his first drama feature film DEAD EUROPE, based on the book by Christos Tsiolkas. In 2013 he directed THE DEVIL’S PLAYGROUND for Foxtel, with whom he also made THE KETTERING INCIDENT in 2015.